“Dr. Pearlman’s book offers parenting advice that is effective in every situation. Chock-full of practical applications, this book will help you ease out of those challenging situations every parent faces.”

—Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Catherine Pearlman, PHD, LCSW

When One Teen Suicide Turns Into A Cluster

Over winter break a child at my daughter’s school died by suicide. Grief counseling was offered. Within one month on January 22, 2018 a girl was found dead in a nearby park by suicide. She was 13. Only five days later a child in another nearby town died by suicide....

The Best Drone for Kids, Ever!

My son, Emmett, absolutely loves anything remote controlled. He loved little RC cars, and now he loves drones. Over the years we have been through many. That's because most of them last a few days to weeks. Inevitably, the propellers twist or there’s a mysterious...

Stop Encouraging Misbehavior: 8 Behaviors Parents Should Ignore

Children don’t misbehave because it’s educational or enlightening. They don’t misbehave because they’re sick or twisted. Nope, children misbehave for one simple reason—it works. From yelling and negotiating to farting and pinching, acting like a terror pays huge...

Lonely Mom and Dealing With Miscarriage for 03/31/2018

Lonely Mom and Dealing With Miscarriage for 03/31/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I have two kids. When my oldest was born, I had lots of friends to meet for play dates. Those friends provided me with a lot of social and emotional support....

Snooping Mistakes and a Pesky Pacifier for 03/24/2018

Snooping Mistakes and a Pesky Pacifier for 03/24/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My 16-year-old daughter tells us nothing about her life. So when she goes to bed, I sometimes browse through her cellphone. At first I just noticed typical...

Potty-Training Resistance and a Nickname for 03/17/2018

Potty-Training Resistance and a Nickname for 03/17/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My nearly 4-year-old daughter is not potty trained. At preschool she is prompted to use to toilet every hour or so, and she successfully tinkles. But at...

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